On the occasion, Sundeep Kumar, Executive Director, Dalmia Bharat said, "We are grateful to the Ministry of Tourism for trusting us and giving us this opportunity".
"After handing over the Red Fort to the Dalmia group, which is the next distinguished location that the BJP government will lease out to a private entity?" With our dedicated efforts we will endeavour to make RedFort a world-class monument in terms of amenities and experience.
According to the Britannica, The fort's massive red sandstone walls, which stand 75 feet (23 metres) high, enclose a complex of palaces and entertainment halls, projecting balconies, baths and indoor canals, and geometrical gardens, as well as an ornate mosque.
"Can you barter out the symbol of freedom movement like the RedFort to his corporate friends for maintenance", Surjewala said.
Clarifying government's stand, Alphons said the government is not handing over any heritage building to anybody as private companies will only do cleaning work, construct toilets, provide drinking water and parking among other things by spending their own money. The basic and advanced amenities of the tourist destinations would be provided by them. While the Dalmia group has bagged RedFort along with Gandikota Fort in Andhra Pradesh, it is also said to be in the final stages of bagging the contract for the Sun Temple in Konark.
What will the pvtparty do atredfort?
Ever since the indpendence of India, important functions of national significance including the ceremonial Republic Day Parade on January 26 and Independence Day Speech by Prime Ministers are held inside the RedFort. Other Delhi monuments that have been adopted are Purana Qila (by NBCC), Jantar Mantar (SBI Foundation), Qutub Minar (Yatra, an online travel portal), Safdarjung Tomb (Travel Corporation of India) and Agrasen Ki Baoli (Special Holidays Travel Pvt Ltd and Rotary Club of Delhi).
"If they are spending money, there is nothing wrong in taking credit for it", he said.
"They are handing over the iconic monument to a private business".
The tourism ministry has said that 31 firms, including Dalmia Bharat, have so far been approved to adopt 95 monuments and tourist sites with their corporate social responsibility funds. "In some places, there were no facilities at all", he said.
Earlier, criticising the government, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera asked, "What is your commitment to the idea of India, to the history of India?"
Former Union culture secretary Jawhar Sircar told The Telegraph: "The government can always try an experiment but it is only the ASI that is mandated under law to preserve our irreplaceable monuments".
"I want to ask the Congress what they did for the past 70 years". It also plans to use RedFort for cultural events and concerts in order to promote greater tourist interest in it.
The MoU envisages Dalmias to start work within 30 days and complete two tasks before PM Modi's Independence Day address from RedFort.
The iconic Taj Mahal is the next monument in the list and as per reports ITC and GMR Sports are the finalists in the race to adopt the seventh wonder of the world.
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